With Kaspia’s Caravan opening at The Yellow House, I naturally wanted visual art well represented in this iconic building. Thankfully, I was able to work with my friend and amazing Sydney artist James Gulliver Hancock on wall designs for the rooms. James designed a brilliant mindscape on the wall of the main room which we worked on together using a projector. We used a similar technique in other areas of the large shop space, forgoing the temptation to use decals, in order to maintain a natural, hand-drawn look which reflects much of beautiful handmade merchandise of Kaspia’s Caravan. In my search for treasures, I always go for items that tell a human story or where the indentations of real fingers remain. Downstairs in the ‘rug room’ we were keen to show off my favourite tribal rug motifs on the walls. Pity people can’t take these artworks home! In saying that, we have several limited prints availabe by the artist James Gulliver Hancock, and not all of them have been hung. So if you like the wall art, please ask to see the prints!
The art that is currently on display is from the collection of my husband and collaborator Benjamin Gilmour. Benjamin has spent a great deal of time in the northwest of Pakistan where he made the award-winning feature film ‘Son of a Lion’ (2008) and in the east of the country where he shot some of his last film ‘Paramedico’ (2012) and wrote the book of the same name. While my eye is always drawn to breathtaking Pakistani textiles, jewellery and furniture, Benjamin has discovered other amazing items. While writing his book ‘Warrior Poets’ in 2005 he spent some time in Royal Park, the rambling film studios of Lahore known as ‘Lollywood’. This is Benjamin in Lollywood.
He penned a short piece on his blog about this here. While at Royal Park, Benjamin came across a small stash of well-preserved original Pakistani film posters. He bought these at the time, had some restored onto linen and they are now hanging in the shop and for sale. These are the original posters, and we only have the ones on display, so first in first served. Benjamin will happily give you some information on each poster, the title translation and year of release.
Also part of Benjamin’s collection now for sale is his beloved series of hand-coloured box-camera photos. This traditional process can be read about here. While in Peshawar city in 2007, Benjamin searched the city’s photo studios and bought old, original prints that were on display advertising the studio. He bought them right out of the front cabinets. His small collection has been copied by the Afghan Box Camera editors who will be including them in a forthcoming book. In the meantime, Benjamin’s original box-camera series is on sale. Let me stress, these are not multiple prints. These are the original prints. There are no others on the planet. Benjamin has framed them tastefully and they are on display in the rug room. Please come and see these amazing pictures and speculate with us on the whereabouts (or demise) of these customers who never returned to pick up their portraits.
See you soon at Kaspia’s Caravan!
Xxx Kaspia xxX